The Alan Parsons Project , sometimes named APP , is a British progressive rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. In practice between 1975 and 1990, he was trained by pianist and songwriter Eric Woolfson and sound engineer and producer Alan Parsons.
Alan Parsons met Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road Studios in 1974. He had previously worked as a recording engineer on the Beatles Abbey Road albums in 1969 and Let It Be in 1970, as well as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. 1973. This album of Pink Floyd, by the quality of the sound, was for a long time the reference album for the sellers of HI FI chain to test the material with the public.
Eric Woolfson worked as a session pianist but was also a composer and wrote compositions for an album based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Alan Parsons, somewhat frustrated at being a producer for other artists, decides to partner with Woolfson to found his own band, The Alan Parsons Project.
After signing for 20th Century Records, Tales of Mystery and Imagination was released in 1976 based on the idea and compositions of Eric Woolfson. (Andrew Powell was associated, as well as on several other albums thereafter, including The Turn of a Friendly Card to perform all the so-called "classical" parts on both the strings and the brass. well received by the public (he reached the top 40 of the Billboard 200)>, allowing the group to sign a contract with a big label, Arista Records, which really starts it.
The notion of group is relative because Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson are the only permanent members. Woolfson was also the composer and principal musician, Alan Parsons focusing more on recording, production and technical creativity. Many musicians take part in the various albums, which then came out at a rate of one per year, experiencing a growing success around the world.